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Changes for US Youth Championships

Published on March 14th, 2023

The 2023 US Youth Championships will take place June 26-30 on the Roger Williams University campus in Bristol, RI. First sailed in 1973, this year is the 50th edition for this event open to sailors under age 20, and will be held on the home waters of US Sailing.

Previously by invitation only, the 2023 Youth Champs will be an open event. Also, this year’s event will be the qualifier for World Sailing’s 2023 Youth World Championship, with the top eligible teams in each class qualifying to represent the USA at Youth Worlds.

“The sailing conditions in Bristol are ideal, and the new updated regatta format will allow more sailors to participate than ever before,” said US Sailing Youth Competition Manager John Pearce. “If you’re a nationally competitive sailor with aspirations to compete for our top championship titles, we hope to see you there.”

2023 Events and Class Equipment:
• Doublehanded Dinghy- International 420
• Doublehanded Skiff- 29er
• Multihull- Nacra 15
• Singlehanded Dinghy- Light- ILCA 6
• Singlehanded Dinghy- ILCA 7
• Windsurfing- iQFOiL Youth
• Kiteboarding- Formula Kite

The Youth Champs bring together the nation’s top sailors, race officials, and coaches, including National and International Race Officials and expert US Sailing Coaches to support each Class. Past US Sailing Coaches have included Olympians, World Champions, and Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswomen of the Year winners. Private coaches are also welcome and must register for the event by June 1st.

This year’s Youth Champs will feature iconic trophies such as the David M. Perry Sportsmanship Award, along with several new additions. The new Trevor Moore Trophy is the perpetual trophy for the Doublehanded Skiff Event (29er Class), to honor the memory of Olympic sailor Trevor Moore, his love of the sport, and his passion for excellence.

Additionally, the Smythe and Bemis Trophies will be awarded to the top sailors racing in their first Youth Champs, following a recent rededication of those trophies to this Championship.

For regatta information and registration details:

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